hello monday: vol. 22

Hello, Monday. I didn't write a post last week.

You may have noticed. You may have not. I know in reality most people probably didn't notice or, if they did, it wasn't a big deal, but I went through a whole weird and far more emotional process than was probably necessary before deciding I just wasn't going to write a post.

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hello monday: vol. 21

Hello, Monday. I've been struggling a lot with trust lately.

It's never been something I've been particularly good at it and if you've been around these parts long enough, you know that for the last four years, it's a thing Jesus and I have been working on. I asked Him to teach me how to trust Him on January 1, 2014, and He has continued to answer that prayer in countless ways, time and time again, in the nearly 4 1/2 years since.

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hello monday: vol. 20

Hello, Monday. I've been thinking a lot about presence as of late.

We live in a world distracted by so many things. It's a world of push notifications and ring tones, of tv on in the background, of playlists and podcasts and "watch later" queues. There's noise, noise, noise and it's so easy to get caught up in a world that fits in the palm of your hand instead of remembering that the world around you is bigger, better, and far more beautiful.

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hello monday: vol. 19

Hello, Monday. I've been thinking about waiting.

I'm not exactly what you would call a patient person. I like things to happen quickly and I'm much more of a "take action and get it done" type than a "wait and see" type. Our current culture of instant gratification only aggravates this affinity for getting what I want now, rather than patiently working toward a hard-earned reward.

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hello monday: vol. 18

Hello Monday. In January, I started counseling again.

I say again because about five years ago, I went through counseling for six months. The previous year I'd been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder after going to the ER and in the fall had two severe panic attacks, one of which absolutely terrified me. Something was clearly going on and I didn't feel capable of figuring it out or handling it on my own.

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Sarah Anne Hayes